A United Airlines passenger is being prosecuted after attempting to stab a crewmember in the neck, believing the flight attendant was going to kill him first, after he tried to disarm the emergency exit prior to landing on a Los Angeles – Boston flight.
Now flight attendants union leader head Sara Nelson, who heads the AFA-CWA which represents United cabin crew, says that her members should be given tasers as part of their job.
— WCVB-TV Boston (@WCVB) March 7, 2023
Ms. Nelson advocates violence to keep passengers in line. She also wanted to make leisure travel illegal during the pandemic, permanently ban alcohol from planes, and argued that mask mandates should become like inflight smoking bans and TSA liquid rules.
Dude had a broken metal spoon. Imagine the taser in his possession.
Flight attendants aren't law enforcement. No tasers on planes, Sara. Full stop.
— Palmer (@onetinmathew) March 7, 2023
As soon as the assailant went at the crewmember, passengers snapped into action. A taser wouldn’t have prevented the attack. Unless cabin crew have their tasers out at all times, they won’t be protection against a passenger coming at them by surprise.
And the taser won’t be a deterrent either because an attack like this one is done by a passenger who is mentally unbalanced, not someone making a rational calculation.
To the union head, though, flight attendants are strictly there for safety. There own safety certainly has to come first, before the environment will allow for hospitality. Passengers, though, shouldn’t be seen as threats because in almost all cases they are.. not. Risks abound all around us, and knowing that other passengers will step in is the most effective protection – against a lone attacker, and also against a 9/11-style terrorist.